The American Black Ale has seriously grown on me over the past year. I absolutely love the unique marriage of malts and hops this particular style has.
This one pours a deep black with dark brown edges. A near fill to the rim leaves a tan head that only jets after its had a few of it's own. Has a striking earthy, oily hop aroma that is held in place by some sweet malts and sweet dark fruits. Earthy, piny and sweet to the tongue with some plums and raisins also being noticed. Aftertaste has an initial welcomed charred woodiness to it and a lingering tartness. Medium to heavy bodied and a definite sipper.
A superbly well-balanced brew that not only demands respect, but gives it in return, and that sounds like a recipe for a long lasting relationship.